Adams County: Future fair queen waiting for her time to shine


Lady in Waiting Savanna Hamilton is gearing up for her future rein as the Adams County Fair Queen. But until that happens, she’s following in current queen Alex Nelms footsteps, learning the ropes on what it takes to be queen.

“I’m like Alex’s side kick, that’s what I like to say,” Hamilton said. “I’m watching what she does and learning what it takes to be queen so that when I’m crowned as queen next March I’ll know what to do.”

Hamilton, 16 from Brighton, was crowned Lady in Waiting in April.

She always wanted to be a Lady in Waiting, but figured it would be when she was out of high school. When she received a letter in the mail last December regarding the competition, she decided to go for it.

Hamilton attended a preparation clinic with seven other girls vying for the spot of Lady in Waiting. By the time the competition rolled around, she was ready.

“I felt prepared for the competition but it was still a long day,” she said.

“When they called my name, my first thought was I was happy it was over and I could go home. But then it hit me that I was chosen and I was very surprised. It took me a long time to process.”

Hamilton’s other interests include 4-H and hippology, which is the study of horses, and horse bowl, which is a competitive game that tests a team’s knowledge of horses, horse judging and horse demonstration. Hamilton said through hippology she’s gained an in-depth perspective and education on horses, which helps with her relationship with her own horse, Syrah.

“Now when I can tell something is wrong with my horse, I can actually figure it out and know how to help,” she said. “I’ve learned so much from hippology and from 4-H in general, life lessons that I’ve learned outside of school.”

During the Adams County Fair this year, Hamilton will bring her horse along to give the community an opportunity to see and touch Syrah. She says it’s important to her to share her horse knowledge and Syrah with people who don’t have the chance to spend time with horses.

The Adams County Fair is July 31 through Aug. 4 at Adams County Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Rd. in Brighton. For more information, visit


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